ISLAMABAD - As the US Treasury Department designated two Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) individuals and founder of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) as global terrorists, the Foreign Office on Thursday said Pakistan was not bound to follow it.

In her weekly briefing, FO Spokesperson Tasneem Aslam told reporter that only the listing of terrorists by UN Security Council was binding on all countries to follow. She termed the designation of Pakistan-based individuals as terrorists by US as a unilateral move.

The US on Wednesday designated LeT individuals, Sheikh Muhmmad Naeem, Umair Naeem Sheikh and Harkat-ul-Mujahideen head Fazlur Rehman Khalil as global terrorists.

The FO spokesperson said that in Pakistan, the process of proscribing entities involved in violence took place before the United National Security Council started the process of listing such entities.

“Listing by the UN becomes an international obligation not only for Pakistan but also for every country to list such individuals and entities and freeze their assets. As regards listing by the US, it is their domestic action. It entails no responsibility for us,” Ms Aslam replied to a query on Thursday.

She said Pakistan was a victim of terrorism. More than 55,000 Pakistanis lost their lives due to terrorism. In economic terms, the losses are almost $103 billion.

Answering a question, the spokesperson said demilitarising Siachen and making it a peace park had been under discussion in the past as well. India, she said, was not willing to withdraw troops without authentication of actual position that they held. This was legally not possible, she added.

The FO spokesperson said she was not sure about the foreign secretary-level talks between Pakistan and India in near future, but added the two neighboring countries have to talk to each other and resume the process of dialogue ultimately.

To a question regarding admission of Sartaj Aziz that the timing of the Pakistani high commissioner’s meeting with Kashmiri leaders was perhaps not correct, she said: “We will continue to meet the Kashmiri leadership whenever we consider it necessary.

We always hold talks with the Kashmiri leaders to take their views on board. Our position is very clear and most recently it was explained by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his address to the UNGA,” Ms Aslam maintained.

About the signing of the bilateral security agreement between Kabul and the US, the spokesperson said Afghanistan was a sovereign country and could strike any deal independently. She, however, said since Pakistan was in the midst of fighting terror network, it was essential that there should be action from the other side too.

“We need better border management. We have given a number of proposals to Afghanistan and hope to proceed further on it,” she added.

To another question whether it was true that Russia was planning to provide MI-16 military helicopters to Pakistan, Ms Aslam said the deal had been approved.